The teenager waved the firearm above his head and shouted “yeh lo aazadi”
Noida, Uttar Pradesh:
Right wing organisation Bajrang Dal on Friday said the shooter who opened fire at anti-citizenship law protesters in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar had not been its member and condemned the “unfortunate” act.
Tension spiralled in Jamia Nagar on Thursday following the class 12 student from Jewar town in Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh fired a pistol at several anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protesters, injuring a Jamia Millia Islamia student.
The teenager waved the firearm above his head and shouted “yeh lo aazadi” before being overpowered by the authorities and detained.
The attacker, in a since deleted Facebook profile, shared multiple posts berating the anti-CAA agitators and their aazadi slogans and hinted he was prepared for just about any eventuality.
In another of the messages, he said, “Shaheen Bhag Khel Khatam” (Run Shaheen, the overall game has ended) during another he stated, “Please wrap me in saffron in my own last journey with slogans of Jai Shri Ram”. Screenshots of his posts were circulated widely on social media marketing platforms.
Anti-CAA protesters at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, Zakir Nagar, Jamia Nagar, Khureji Khas along with other places often raise slogans like “CAA se aazadi, NRC se aazadi” (freedom from CAA and NRC).
“The boy is neither a primary person in the Bajrang Dal nor was he entrusted with any responsibility by the organisation. Violence, committed by anyone, isn’t correct. We condemn his act also it was an unfortunate incident,” Praveen Bhati, co-convenor of the Bajrang Dal’s western Uttar Pradesh unit, said.
The Delhi Police had said on Thursday they were yet to see the shooter’s real name and age, although pictures of his purported marksheet and Aadhaar card even, hinting he is really a minor, were circulated on social media marketing.